The Hezitorial Telling Regarding Sexual Harrassment at Lincoln High School
Read the case that speaks to the horror of suffering the agony of not being heard.
Thank you to all who sent the Yonkers Tribune this case.
YONKERS, NY — December 23, 2017 — What was first suggested under the lede, “Rumors Swirl About the Yonkers Board of Education Suggesting that Yonkers Superntendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada Will Step Down By HEZI ARIS” has captivated the City of Yonkers (CoY) on one basis, that is, assertions of political correctness, of jealousy, of the outrageous expression that the Yonkers Tribune needs to check its sources, or some other nonsense, meant to strictly undermine the integrity and veracity of the writing and/or its outcome. Only if the swamp believes it can continue to undermine the integrity of fact, which they should have been aware, even if they claim otherwise. Ignorance will not salvage their standing now or into the future. They have each to one degree or another undermined their ethical standards for all time. Even those who had gone astray days or years ago, were they cognizant of their debauched and unacceptable behavior could have then mended their ways. Instead, they became emboldened by those who would come to protect them from losing their employment, or the law. Once emboldened, the next misconduct, now a growing addiction of their psyche, became their Achilles’ Heel. They bought into the failed corrupt system that has silenced so many among a city of good intentions to which their capacity is limited by those who have proven themselves addicted to cover up the behaviors permitted among those who have learned to speak eloquently on ethical standards but conduct themselves in juxtaposition to their reality.
The greatest atrocity is our gullibility into believing “alternative facts” that are anathema to the realities that transpired to undermine individuals their inalienable rights to life and liberty, as they have come to undermine an entire city, that is, CoY itself. Have other communities likewise lost their way elsewhere? Likely, yes! Others may have slid down similar slippery slopes. It has served perpetrators somewhat, and certainly for a while, but the soiled stench that defines CoY is unwelcome, and unwanted. Does Yonkers have the option to withstand the continuing assault on our collective demeanor? Can we throw the Albatross off our collective necks? How do we begin?
Toward that end, the Yonkers Tribune suggests casting light onto the tall tales that undermine our intellect, sensitivity, and understanding of the human condition that will require our collective resolve. That resolve will take years to resurrect. Even so, it must be done. And so, toward that end, having begun to draw those who admonish our telling, who double down on undermining truth and integrity by asserting it is not so, have been eclipsed. It has come about because even the Yonkers Tribune’s Editor-at-Large has learned to entrap those who question everything and everyone because they are the beneficiaries of their subterfuge. Yonkers can, in fact, has begun to cleanse itself of the riff-raff that has consumed CoY for at minimum 75 years. Yonkersites are beginning to see the light of day. Our individual and collective capacity / options to steer the City of Yonkers from even more destructive shoals than those we have suffered begin today on the strong shoulders and backbone of those who began the process before us ever so quietly. Their integrity has captivated some, while to a larger degree emboldened others to rob the freedoms we so eloquently speak of but are constrained and deflected from attaining. The yarn used to sew ethical understanding and standards by which we once abided have frayed under our watch. Some bemoan how we arrived to this time and place, while others refuse to throw their collective hands toward the heavens as if to beseech the good Lord his help as we forget it was his granting us free will that places responsibility on us and to which he has no blame. And so, even to this day each blames another to one degree or another. Truth be told, we are each to blame. And so we tell the rationale behind this “rumor” which must see heads role, and quickly at that.
The opportunity to change the trajectory from failure to success is at hand. Those who have perpetrated the unthinkable must pay their debt. Yonkers taxpayers must not be forced to exonerate the culprits that have caused harm unto others individually, and lest some not yet recognize it, the Yonkers taxpayer is on the hook for this potential liability.
We will call the woman plaintiff CG. The Defendants are the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE), Edwin Quezada, AA (female), RP (male), and AA (male).
The allegations made by plaintiff. CG, by way of her Attorney, BH, Esq., is, after giving notice of their domicile, and employ, their conduct and allegations are described below…
Note that while the residence of each is different from the other, their respective residences are located within the Southern District of New York. Further, they are each deployed by the YBoE at Lincoln High School, located at 375 Kneeland Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704.
From a legal perspective, the dominant subject matter of the Verified Complaint is grounded in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000e, as amended in 1991, (“Title VIIl”) and is permitted to be brought before the United States Courts.
Further, CG, the Plaintiff, filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (USEEOC”). The Complaint was assigned an EEOC Number, known but not being revealed herein.
CG, the Plaintiff was assigned a “Notice of Right to Sue” in November of 2014, and the initial Complain was made in February of 2015, within a permissible 90 days of the receipt of the said “Notice of Right to Sue” as is an Amended Complaint, which was duly filed.
CG, Plaintiff is a female of Hispanic descent;
YBoE, Defendant hired CG, Plaintiff in January 2000;
CG, Plaintiff commenced teaching for Defendant, YBoE, in 2001 at Lincoln High School;
CG, Plaintiff, had at all times properly performed the duties of her employment, earning either satisfactory and/or superior employment evaluations. Further, any “below satisfactory” evaluations CG received were based on the discriminatory acts of the Defendants in this Action. this, any “below satisfactory evaluations CG received were inaccurate, were in retaliation for the Plaintiff’s lawful filing of sexual harassment, and hence, same were pre textual to justify the Defendants enactments of adverse employment actions.
At all times relevant, CG, Plaintiff was a teacher at YBoE schools, including Lincoln High School.
CG, the Plaintiff was recognized by YBoE, Defendant, for proficiency and competency in her employment, and enjoyed success in her teaching, discipline in the classroom, and in her career.
While teaching at Lincoln High School, CG, Plaintiff, endured continued sexual harassment by Defendant Edwin Quezada, Lincoln High School Principal, at the times noted herein. Further, male Defendant AA, and Male Defendant RP, and female Defendant AA, and another male Defendant RM. the sexual harassment continued through the date of CG, Plaintiff’s eventual retaliatory termination.
Beginning in the 2006 to 2007 school year, RP, Defendant and teacher of the same course discipline began to invite CG out for drinks in one on one settings. CG advised RP she was not interested, but Defendant RP persisted in asking CG out for drinks. RP continued to pressure CG despite her continued rejections of him.
Undeterred, RP began to make lewd statements to CG. in one particular occasion toward the very end of the school year, Defendant RP told CG that he had a dream about her where he was licking her body, and then, Defendant RP pushed CG into an empty classroom, hovered over he, put his arms around her, and advised they should be together. CG was threatened, intimidated, scared, and disgusted by his behavior toward her.
The day after the incident described above, CG, the Plaintiff, went directly to Lincoln High School Principal Edwin Quezada, Defendant, and reported what transpired to him, and female AA, Defendant, who was at the time was Quezada’s assistant.
After Plaintiff CG reported the incident, Defendant (female) AA advised Plaintiff CG that she would speak to Defendant RP, and assured the sexual harassment would cease. Defendant (female) AA even called Plaintiff CG that night to inform her that Defendant RP was spoken to and that sexual harassment would cease. Defendant (female) AA even admitted to Plaintiff CG that this was not the first complaint of this kind Against Defendant RP, as another teacher, a Ms. C., had also complained about sexual harassment from Defendant RP.
despite the assurances advised Plaintiff CG, Defendant Edwin Quezada did nothing to keep Defendant RP away from Plaintiff CG, and did absolutely nothing to end the sexual harassment. Rather than spare Plaintiff CG fromDefendant RP’s sexual harassment and deviant behavior, Defendant Quezada attempted to place Plaintiff CG in even closer contact with Defendant RP.
When teachers returned for the 2007 to 2008 school year, Defendant Lincoln High School Principal Edwin Quezada inform Plaintiff CG that she was to share a room with Defendant RP. Plaintiff CG immediately went to school administrator Jeff Olender, and explained the situation regarding Defendant RP, specifically Defendant RP’s repeated sexual harassment of her by Defendant RP during the previous year and her discomfort in sharing a room with him.
After Plaintiff CG’s visit to Mr. Olender, the room was changed and Plaintiff CG was no longer required to share a room with Defendant RP, this despite Plaintiff CG having reported sexual harassment to Defendant Edwin Quezada when Defendant Quezada told Plaintiff CG she was required to share a room with Defendant RP for the 2007 – 2008 school yeAr. It was totally irresponsible of Defendant Quezada, knowing Plaintiff CG was being sexually harassed by Defendant RP, to require Plaintiff CG to share a classroom with Defendant RP.
Plaintiff CG, filed written and oral complaints to the School Administrator Jeff Olender, yet nothing was done to curb, curtail, constrain, or restrict the sexual harassment. To add additional insult and injury, Plaintiff CG was not given copies of her written complaint and the file of the complaint, despite repeated requests for same.
Despite Plaintiff CG’s complaints, Defendant RP continued to sexually harass CG during the 2007 – 2008 school year. Defendant RP continued to make sexual comments and gestures to CG during the school year.Defendant RP went so far to send students to CG with messages, where Defendant RP was having students tell Plaintiff CG that she should be together with Defendant RP. In so doing, Defendant RP used students to sexual harass Plaintiff CG.
Plaintiff CG continued to suffer sexual harassment by Defendant RP when CG was employed at Lincoln High School, and even suffered continued sexual harassment committed by other teachers and professionals at Lincoln High School, including Defendant Quezada, another teacher, Defendant (male) AA, engaged in the same subject subject / discipline as taught by Plaintiff CG, Defendant RM, and Defendant (female) AA.
The sexual harassment of Plaintiff CG did not stop by the 2008-2009 school year despite the continuing complaints by CG. During the school year Defendant AA, another teacher of the subject / discipline taught by Plaintiff CG, Defendant (male) AA approached Plaintiff CG to tell her that everything in Plaintiff CG’s teaching career would be better if she engaged in a sexual orgy with Defendants Quezada, CM, and (female) AA. Defendant (male) AA continued to deliver this message to Plaintiff CG on behalf of Defendants Quezada, CM, (female) AA, and himself (male) AA, through the date Plaintiff CG was transferred from Lincoln High School in 2012.
Plaintiff CG was vehement in her response to Defendants Quezada and (male) AA would not agree to their suggestion.
The sexual harassment of Defendants Quezada, and (male) AA continued unabated continuing through the date Plaintiff CG was illegally transferred out of Lincoln High School. Plaintiff CG was reminded over and over that if she agreed to engage in an orgy with Defendants Quezada, RM, (male) AA, and (female) AA, Plaintiff CG career would begin to improve and she would no longer have problems at school.
it is such reprehensible suggestions that constitute continuing sexual harassment that has no place in any work environment, let alone in a school environment where said Defendants are teaching and supervising children.
plaintiff CG also told another teacher, a Dr. R, about the sexual harassment of Defendant (male) AA, as well as another Lincoln High School teacher, a Mr. I., about the same Defendant (male) AA. Mr. I told Plaintiff CG that she should have an orgy with Defendants Quezada, RM, (female) AA, and (male) AA. Mr. I was a witness to Defendant (male) AA.
The bottom line, while it is believed standards are in place to protect women, the system is an abysmal failure to which it seems the only solution is to find justice through the court system to which none of the Defendants will be required to pay, forcing the Yonkers taxpayer to foot the bill for the hormonal imbalance of those who believe they have a right to dominate and subjugate employees to their wants as they wish.
Each must be relieved of their employment and each must be made responsible for the horror they have forced upon a teacher who advised she was not on board to their suggestion.
Yonkers Tribune expects YPD to be engaged to escort those involved in this mental assault upon Plaintiff CG Tuesday immediately.
Those who wish to protect the culprits, believing their excuses must reflect upon whom they trust. they may do so when they will be demande to pay the Plaintiff CG handsomely.
Men must learn to accept the words of women and to abide by law in respecting their rights to be free of sexually harassment in the workplace. Women must also learn to be accepting of the words of other women.